oscars, even though they have prestige, are a reflection of the current american mainstream industry thinking. oscar prizes are won through votes. the voters are the members of the american motion picture academy which means anyone and everyone, unionized by the non producing part of hollywood movies.
having said this, you have been in the usa for how long? do you think anything in the usa could be bought? especially something that is so high profile as the oscars or the pulitzers?
on the other hand, is SLM presents the best of ARR?
for fans in india, exposed to roja or bombay or jeans or VTV (my favourite), this might seem as a political ploy. but from the viewpoint of americans, this is their first exposure of ARR. right?
so, in reply to your agonizement, take it easy. india is a country of 1.2B and there will always be detractors.
i like ARR's music most times, though i find his person sometimes too much of a good two shoes to stomach. he is a good guy and i dont think he would he ever stoop to 'buying' awards. i think he is beyond that.
i think also, it is time for all of us, to nurture new talent. february 2011, i had a film producer sitting next to me, london to chennai flight, and i got an insight into the affordability of certain elements in tamil/indian movie industry.
ARR is now affordable only to the richest (except perhaps mani ratnam to whom his bonds go a long way).
let us cheer the unappreciated but great ones.
do you remember PBS/Janaki 'thennangeetru oonjaliley' from paadhai theriyuthu paar? bum movie. but great song. by MB Srinivasan, a marxist (incidentally also a tambram like pattukkottai kalyanasundaram - 100 years this year). always made money by ad jingles, but would not compromise his marxists beliefs. never made it big.
on the same calibre, nala dhamayanthi music director, ramesh vinayakam. i think one of the most unappreciated music directors of kollywood. inspite of great songs, he never gets repeats from the directors. my favourite of us, always haunting me, is 'enna idhu enna idhu ennai kolvadhu' sung by chinmayee (cute looking and another favrite of mine) and the MD RV himself. what a great haunting waltz - enjoy the sway with your wife sometime and get her in the mood
YouTube - Enna Ithu - Movie Nala Dhamayanthi
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